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The Leonid Meteor Shower is Coming This Weekend and Here's What You Need to Know

It may be cold outside, but this weekend you may want to bundle up, grab some hot cocoa and settle in by a warm fire to watch the show overhead in the nighttime sky.

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Quiz: How Sharp Are You When it Comes to Sandhill Cranes?

It's that time of year when you'll likely hear sandhill cranes overhead, and possibly see them. But do you know anything about them?

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Creature Feature: The Predatory Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl is most well known from storybooks and folklore, because it is the owl that makes the famous hooting call.  

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Rabid Raccoons? Nope ... Police Say They're Just Drunk Raccoons

Dealing with drunk, disorderly and sometimes wild creatures of the night is nothing new for police, but in this case, authorities in a West Virginia town weren't handling a pedestrian disturbance.

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Creature Feature: Coyotes, the Opportunistic Eaters

Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.

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For First Time in Years, Red-Throated Loon Sighting Reported in Will County

It was a fairly rare treat for birders.

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Dive Into This Quiz on Birds of Prey

How much do you know about these impressive creatures are built for hunting, with sharp beaks, strong talons and spectacular flying ability?

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Why is This Canada Goose at Lake Renwick Flying Upside Down?

It's not your common, everyday occurrence.

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Creature Feature: The Tall, Bulky and Elegant Sandhill Crane

Sandhill cranes are a magnificent sight, whether flying overhead or congregating in prairies and fields, but we often realize the birds are nearby because we hear them before we see them.

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'Most Beautiful' Meteor Shower of the Year Coming This Weekend

Even though it won't be as impressive as the summer's Perseid meteor shower, NASA officials say there should be about 15-20 meteors per hour that can be seen.

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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Coyotes?

See if you can ace the test.

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Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin

These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities. 

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Injured Hummingbirds Bring Big Challenges for Wildlife Rehabbers

They eat constantly, fly in excess of 30 mph and weigh less than a nickel, and it's that combination which can make diagnosing and treating an injured hummingbird quite the gargantuan task. 

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Now is a Great Time to See Snakes in the Preserves

If you like limbless reptiles, you're going to love the next few weeks.

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Creature Feature: Praying Mantis is Perfectly Designed for Hunting Prey

September and October are the most common times to see these intriguing insects.

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Current Headlines

Police Increase Special Olympics Fundraising Efforts in 2019

2/19/2019

Forest Preserve police will host a Special Olympics Plane Pull and participate in other Law Enforcement Torch Run activities in 2019 to benefit the global charity and its programs.

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Volunteer Spotlight: For This Couple, It's All About Raising Awareness

2/18/2019

Connie and Lee Witkowski are educators at heart, and teaching others extends not just to their jobs, but also to their volunteer work.

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